April 20, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina junior shortstop Aaron Attaway was today listed among 25 collegiate shortstops on 2013's first Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List released late Friday night from Lubbock, Texas. Attaway is the only representative from the Southern Conference on the first watch list.
The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation's top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) had five players represented on the list with other multiple representatives including the Pac-12 with four, the Big 10 with three and the ACC and Ohio Valley with two each.
"Each of these shortstops have some impressive statistics - whether it's batting averages or fielding percentages," said Darby Brown, Wallace Award co-chair. "We look forward to seeing what they do during the upcoming weeks."
Attaway is one of three Catamounts to be named to national award watch lists this season. Catcher Adam Martin was on the Johnny Bench Award watch list and senior closer Preston Hatcher was tagged on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List.
Attaway has started all 40 games this season at shortstop - a position in which he has started all but one of his career games fielding. The preseason second-team All-Southern Conference selection at shortstop, Attaway ranks third on the Catamount baseball team in batting average at the time the list was released. He has collected a SoCon-leading 60 base hits including 21 for extra bases including 11 doubles, three triples and seven home runs. He ranks second on the Catamount squad - and sixth in the SoCon - with 36 RBI and has scored a league-leading 40 runs through 40 games played.
In the Sunday, extra-inning victory over Furman that clinched the series back on April 7, Attaway hit for the cycle to lead the Catamounts with a four-hit outing. He blasted a solo home run to lead-off the third inning, doubling in the fifth before tripling down the right field line in the ninth inning. In extra frames, Attaway reached the cycle by dropping a single into right field.
In the field, the Morganton, N.C., native has been very solid for the Catamounts at shortstop. He has also been a part of turning 21 of WCU's 31 double plays on the year. Attaway has 178 fielding chances with 58 putouts and a combined 110 assists - tied for second in the SoCon - against 10 errors for a .944 fielding percentage.
Western Carolina plays game two of its SoCon series against the Georgia Southern Eagles at 4:00 pm on Saturday afternoon at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. Fans can follow all of the action through live GameTracker (free) also available online at CatamountSports.com.
BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST
Name - School (Conference)
Trea Turner - North Carolina State (ACC)
Branden Cogswell - Virginia (ACC)
Thomas Lindauer - Illinois (Big 10)
Michael Basil - Indiana (Big 10)
Kirby Pellant - Ohio State (Big 10)
Austin Fisher - Kansas State (Big 12)
Sutton Whiting - Louisville (Big East)
Brent Graham - Campbell (Big South)
Brock Niggebrugge - Delaware (Colonial)
Alex Allbritton - New Mexico (Mountain West)
Reed Harper - Austin Peay (Ohio Valley)
Dylan Bosheers - Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley)
Kevin Newman - Arizona (Pac-12)
Drew Stankiewicz - Arizona State (Pac-12)
J.J. Altobelli - Oregon (Pac-12)
Andy Peterson - Oregon State (Pac-12)
Alex Bregman - LSU (SEC)
Adam Frazier - Mississippi State (SEC)
Austin Anderson - Ole Miss (SEC)
Mikey Reynolds - Texas A&M (SEC)
Vince Conde - Vanderbilt (SEC)
Aaron Attaway - Western Carolina (Southern)
Carter Burgess - Sam Houston State (Southland)
Tyler Vaughn - Troy (Sunbelt)
Tyler Shryock - CSU Bakersfield (WAC)